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NTSB Sends HEMS Safety Recommendations to FAA

Oct 16, 2009

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) communicating a series of Safety Recommendations related to Helicopter EMS (HEMS).
Following the four day public hearing earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) communicating a series of Safety Recommendations related to Helicopter EMS (HEMS.) These recommended actions include improved pilot training; collection and analysis of flight, weather, and safety data; development of a low-altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots, and night vision imaging systems (NVIS).

Additional recommendations have been addressed to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS), and 40 public HEMS operators. A copy of the NTSB’s 19-page letter to the FAA is available here.